Popular Steam Game Raises Price After Seven Years Without A Sale

A screenshot shows a large, complex base built in Factorio.

Critically-acclaimed base-building hit Factorio is an odd duck. Since its 2016 Steam launch, the sport has by no means gone on sale. And now, the developer behind Factorio is altering the value of its in style recreation, but it surely ain’t getting a reduction. As a substitute, the value is leaping up $5 subsequent week. The devs blamed inflation for the sudden worth improve, and apparently sufficient, the overall response from the group has been principally constructive.

Since its launch seven years in the past on Steam, Factorio has been a preferred recreation, although it by no means, ever goes on sale. On the game’s Steam page, it straight up has a disclaimer letting people know that its devs don’t have any plans to “participate in a sale or to scale back the value for the foreseeable future.” That’ll nonetheless be the case after it goes from $30 to $35 on January 26.


“That is an adjustment to account for the extent of inflation for the reason that Steam launch in 2016,” the official Factorio Twitter account tweeted. You may count on a flood of offended responses from gamers, however it seems that the devs have executed a very good job of being clear with their group, for instance by giving them loads of heads up concerning the upcoming worth change. Factorio has additionally averted microtransactions and different exploitative or costly DLC. The top result’s that not solely are folks wonderful with this worth improve, however many are suggesting the studio provide extra methods for gamers to assist financially assist the sport.

“Superb, however now give me an add-on to spend more cash [on] this recreation!” tweeted one participant. “Truthfully, I might like to see different methods to assist the sport as I already personal it,” tweeted one other fan.

You is likely to be questioning why a studio would by no means let its recreation be part of any Steam sale for practically a decade. In line with the makers of Factorio in a 2016 forum post, it’s about respecting gamers who purchased the sport and never rewarding individuals who “maintain off” on shopping for it at a lower cost.


“If you happen to suppose [Factorio is] priced too excessive, then it’s your option to not buy, and we hope that with sufficient time, and additional growth, we can persuade you of its worth.

Factorio isn’t the one recreation on Steam making modifications to earn more money because the financial system continues to spiral down the drain. Navy shooter Squad goes again on a promise its devs made about by no means doing paid DLC or cosmetics. In an upcoming replace, Squad will get its first paid DLC within the type of new in-game emotes.


Right here’s what the group behind the web milsim shooter needed to say on Steam concerning the new, upcoming paid cosmetics:

As we glance into the longer term we see a protracted and wholesome life for Squad. It has a big and devoted playerbase. We have now plans for extra updates and to assist the sport past 2023. Whereas many of those deliberate updates can be free, we additionally notice that we want a approach to proceed to fund the event of Squad. Paid content material like emotes is one such means to assist fund that growth and proceed our work on enhancing the sport.


In comparison with how folks reacted to Factorio’s worth improve, the response from Squad’s participant group has been far much less constructive, with some feeling betrayed after being promised that this wouldn’t occur. Nevertheless, some had been extra open to the brand new choice, understanding that growing a recreation isn’t simple or free and that in some unspecified time in the future, studios want a means to herald extra earnings to assist maintain the lights on. That’s very true as inflation continues to be an issue across the globe.


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